We’re keeping this one simple and straight to the point. If the Dolphin’s offensive line doesn’t block on Sunday, to at least their regular putrid level, then the Dolphins will not have a shot against the Panthers. During this three-game win streak, the Dolphins haven’t faced a front four as they will face on Sunday.
Two players, in particular, Haason Reddick and Brian Burns have put a hurtin on opposing quarterbacks. Oh and don’t lose sight of Stephen Gilmore’s presence as well.
Reddick is tied for 3rd in the league in sacks with 10.5 and Burns is tied for 8th. Don’t sleep on Derrick Brown either. That guy is a real-deal impact player as well. These guys can cause serious damage to the Dolphin’s offense. I don’t think you have to be a mechanical engineer(saying rocket scientist is old hat) to envision a world where Jesse Davis, Austin Jackson, and Liam Eichenberg get taken to task by these guys and Tua is broken in half.
But I do have a few reasons to be quasi optimistic about the offense and the Dolphin’s offensive line(did I just really say that?). First, the Dolphin’s offensive line wasn’t God-awful last week. Not in the running game at least. Myles Gaskin had his best day on the ground with 89 tough yards. Secondly, the Washington Football Team ran for 168 yards in Carolina just last week. The Football Team stretched the Panthers out and the backs cut up inside time and time again. The Dolphins need to commit to this because I think the Panthers defense is vulnerable to getting ran on again.
This, naturally, leads to better play-action opportunities while keeping the defense on the sidelines. All in all, and I hope you’re sitting down for this part, running the ball will greatly help the Dolphins do all the things they want to do.